How to bet on the CFL

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How does CFL betting work?

With football having been one of the popular sports in Canada for over a century, it is no surprise that the Canadian Football League (CFL) is one of the country’s most popular sporting competitions with fans and bettors alike.

While it is often compared to the NFL, there are several differences between the CFL and its American counterpart. Among the most notable are the CFL’s use of a larger ball, a wider and longer field, and rules that limit possessions to just three downs compared to the four used in the NFL. Such differences have helped the CFL and Grey Cup catch the interest of football fans and bettors, who treat it as an uniquely enjoyable alternative to the NFL.

However, one similarity it does share is the range of exciting CFL markets available to bet on throughout the season. Canada’s top sportsbooks offer markets including the moneyline, point spread, and total or over/under for every single game, along with futures and prop bets.

With legal and regulated sports betting set to become commonplace across Canada, it is also likely that the options for CFL betting will grow in the near future. Read on to learn more about why there has arguably never been a better time to get into CFL betting.

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The best CFL sportsbooks


What odds can you get on the CFL?

While distinct differences in the Canadian game sets the CFL apart from the NFL on the gridiron, that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of exciting CFL markets to wager on.

The most popular CFL markets include:

  • Moneyline bets: This is a simple bet on which team will win a CFL game outright.

  • Point spread bets: This is a type of wager for which bettors predict whether a team will win or lose a CFL match by a margin set by the sportsbook.

  • Total or over/under bets: Betting the total or over/under for a CFL game is a wager on whether the total number of points in the game will fall above or below a specified amount set by the sportsbook.

  • Parlays: A parlay is a bet that incorporates multiple wagers for better odds. You can place a same-game CFL parlay (several selections on the same game) or a multi-CFL game parlay (several selections across different games).

  • Prop bets: Prop bets allow you to wager on nearly anything that could happen during a CFL game not directly linked to the final bet e.g. how many passes a quarterback will compete.

  • Futures: There are multiple CFL futures available throughout the season, including which team will win the Grey Cup and who will be crowned Most Outstanding Player.

CFL betting tips

Check the spread

Given the limited number of games played during the CFL regular season, it can be more beneficial to closely monitor how teams perform against the point spread instead of their win-loss record. Betting on a team to cover as opposed to just on the moneyline can be a profitable way of boosting the value you get from odds.

Use the stats

There are many easily accessible yet useful CFL stats you can gather to rate how a team is performing beyond their results. Find out how many points they tend to score and allow per game, how their records at home and on the road compare, and how well they perform against divisional rivals when reviewing their strengths and weaknesses.

Follow the futures

CFL futures odds can provide you with insight into how both oddsmakers and other bettors rate the general strength of a team or player. Closely monitoring this can help you identify when an outcome has been over or undervalued and there is potential profit available.

Get the best odds

Any CFL bet you place will always be let down if it isn’t with the best value odds. Set yourself up with access to multiple sportsbooks to shop for the best odds, and don’t forget to use BET.CA’s in-depth reviews of Canada’s top sportsbooks to help you expand your list of potential CFL betting sites.

CFL games today

While the CFL only has nine teams, the league’s 18-game regular season schedule means that big games are never far off.

Unlike the NFL, which schedules the majority of its regular season games on Sundays, CFL games are typically played anywhere from Thursday night to Monday night, with most of the action taking place on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are important factors to the CFL schedule, including the rest weeks teams get during the regular season and the intense travelling they can be required to do for road games. All of this means that keeping up-to-date with every team’s schedule is a must for CFL betting.

Don’t forget that BET.CA are here to help you with that, as we have all the latest results, live scores, and upcoming matchups in the CFL throughout the season.

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CFL key information

📅 Year founded:


🔢 Number of teams:


🏆 Most Grey Cups:

Toronto Argonauts (17)

🥇 Current champions:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

🏈 Championship game:

Grey Cup

👑 Current MOP:

Zach Collaros

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